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Overview

Tom became a member of Chambers in October 2013 following completion of his pupillage.

He studied law at the University of Nottingham, was awarded a Scholarship by Inner Temple and undertook the BPTC at Nottingham Law School.

He specialises in commercial, property and chancery, public law, planning, costs and disease work.

He is registered with the Bar Council to undertake Public Access work and is able to receive instructions directly from lay clients, as well as those on the traditional professional client basis.

Outside of work, Tom plays music and enjoys reading and walking.

Overview

Tom became a member of Chambers in October 2013 following completion of his pupillage.

He studied law at the University of Nottingham, was awarded a Scholarship by Inner Temple and undertook the BPTC at Nottingham Law School.

He specialises in commercial, property and chancery, public law, planning, costs and disease work.

He is registered with the Bar Council to undertake Public Access work and is able to receive instructions directly from lay clients, as well as those on the traditional professional client basis.

Outside of work, Tom plays music and enjoys reading and walking.

Commercial

Tom advises and appears in a range of commercial disputes.

His work ranges from claims for breach of contract involving points of contractual interpretation, breach, termination and rectification to claims for economic loss and wrongful interference with goods.

Tom also advises and appears in insolvency matters, both corporate and individual. He is involved in a winding-up dispute in the High Court where a creditor seeks the removal of the liquidator and there are issues over the correct valuation of the creditor’s voting share.

Property and Chancery

Tom advises and appears in relation to a wide range of property and chancery disputes.

He is regularly instructed in TCC claims involving property damage caused by natural and non-natural nuisances. He has experience of cases involving tree-root subsidence where there are TPO’s in place, both involving injunctions and claims for damages, and he also has experience of such cases where limitation is in issue.

As a pupil, Tom assisted Jonathan Mitchell in the case of Dennis Rye Ltd v Bolsover DC [2013] EWHC 1041 (Admin) involving nuisance in breach of an abatement notice.

He has recently advised and pleaded in a number of cases involving adverse possession, both in the context of registered and unregistered land. These have involved residential disputes between neighbours as well as claims involving large enterprises such as Network Rail.

He has experience of disputes over the sale of land, leasehold disputes and mortgages. He is currently instructed in two mortgage disputes both raising novel points of law over the applicability of certain provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

Tom is instructed to appear in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel in a dispute over an agricultural right of way.

Public Law

Tom regularly advises and pleads grounds for review in judicial review proceedings.  From the beginning of his practice he has received instructions from the Treasury Solicitor’s Department (now the Governmental Legal Department) to advise, plead and represent defendants in judicial review proceedings He has also appeared as sole counsel on a number of occasions at permission and substantive hearings.

He has experience of judicial review in the contexts of planning, immigration and challenging the decisions of courts, tribunals and the legal ombudsman. He has been involved in a number of cases raising novel points of law, particularly in the context of Article 1 Protocol 1 rights.

He also acts in related claims for unlawful detention and is currently instructed as sole counsel to appear in a 4-day trial in the High Court in a case involving a deportee who was detained for 4½ years pending removal.

As a pupil, Tom assisted Andrew Hogan in the case of Hamnett v Essex County Council [2014] EWHC 1 WLR 2562. The case is currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Planning and Environmental

Tom has experience of public inquiries, judicial review, enforcement notices and injunctions. He has appeared in the County Court, the High Court and the Crown Court.

He was recently instructed by a large group of residents at a planning inquiry into a proposed diversion order in Nottingham. He successfully argued that the wording of the diversion order was unlawful and consequently the inspector refused the confirm it.

Costs

Tom undertakes a wide range of costs-related work including costs budgeting, detailed assessments, points of dispute and replies.

He is also instructed to attend hearings where only costs are in issue: for instance, he has recently been instructed to attend a number of pre-action disclosure hearings where there has been a dispute as to whether the same is an interim application such that fixed costs apply.

Disease

Tom’s pupil supervisor was Toby Stewart and accordingly he has a wide range of experience in cases involving NIHL, HAVs, COSHH and asbestos.

He regularly pleads in the full range of disease cases.  He also advises on the full range of issues including breach of duty, causation and limitation.

Notable Cases

Tom is instructed to appear in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel in a dispute over an agricultural right of way.

He is also due to appear as sole counsel in a 4-day trial in the High Court in an unlawful detention case for a deportee who was detained for 4½ years pending removal.

Areas of Work

  • Commercial
  • Property and Chancery
  • Public Law
  • Planning and Environmental
  • Costs
  • Disease

Recent News

  • Urgent Application Under the Human Tissue Act 2004

    Tom recently appeared for the applicant before Keehan J in an urgent application for a declaration that the applicant was the qualifying person to give consent for a private post-mortem under the Human Tissue Act 2004

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